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Schweizer Botschaft, Berlin (

Climate Policy after #FridaysForFuture

01.11.2019, 11:00 Uhr bis 14:00 Uhr

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Ort: Schweizerische Botschaft, Otto-von-Bismarck-Allee 4 (Eingang Altbau), D-10557 Berlin Karte

Veranstalter: Schweizer Botschaft, Berlin (
Anmeldeschluss: 31.10.2019
Abmeldeschluss: 31.10.2019

Inspired by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, thousands of young students in Germany, Switzerland and many other countries have been protesting in recent months for more ambitious climate action. The #FridaysForFuture movement points out the discrepancy between the urgency of the global climate challenge and the speed of progress of national implementation of the Paris Agreement, which requires limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees, if possible 1.5 degrees Celsius. Eleven months after the first climate strikes in Switzerland and Germany, and after important parliamentary elections in both countries, this panel discussion creates an opportunity for intergenerational dialogue to take stock of what has happened so far, and explore the outlook for implementing ambitious climate policies. Have the youth protests had a measurable influence on national policies? What are the specific consequences of #ClimateEmergency, which has been declared by several cities and institutions? What is the outlook for the #FridaysForFuture movement itself? And how can businesses and policymakers engage with young people to co-create successful climate strategies?

The Embassy of Switzerland in Germany, the World Energy Council, and the University of St. Gallen cordially invite you to this panel discussion in the context of the executive education programme in renewable energy management (REM-HSG).



11.00    Registration and welcome drinks

11.30    Welcome by H.E. Dr. Paul R. Seger, Swiss Ambassador to Germany

11:45    Panel Discussion

13:00    Lunch

14:00    End


Panel discussion featuring:

Ruprecht Brandis, Director Government Affairs Germany, BP Europe

Miriam Rizvi, Climate Activist, St. Gallen

Celine Pfister, Member of the Board, Verein Klimaschutz Schweiz/Gletscherinitiative

Adrian Rinscheid, Political Scientist, University of St. Gallen

Moderation: Carsten Rolle, Head of Energy and Climate Policy, BDI and Secretary General of the German Member Committee of the World Energy Council

13.30    Following the panel discussion an Apéro Riche will be served.

Please register at: Please note that due to space restrictions admission will be granted on a “first come, first served” base. You will receive a confirmation e-mail prior to the event.

Important information: For safety reasons a valid identity, document will be required at the entrance control.

Please note that there is no parking space available in the immediate surroundings of the Embassy. Therefore, the use of public transport is recommended.